And the fight goes on between homeowners and their fiercest adversary, the
termite. Just mentioning the word ‘termite’ strikes fear in the heart of many a
strong homeowner. The cost of treating these home wreckers can run in the
thousands. If you have found termites in your home and are afraid of what a
professional termite service will cost you, hope is here. You do not have to fear
any cost of treating termites simply because you can treat them yourself.
Remember that you have the power to rid your home of termites. These silent
destroyers will not have a chance against the DIY termite control you are going
to inflict upon them. First of all, it is important to identify these creatures correctly.
You will not want to spend any money to eliminate termites if you actually have
carpenter ants, for example.
It is Important to Identify what Insects are Invading Your Home
Correctly identifying the termite is your first step in the eradication process.
Termites are light in color and have soft bodies. Ants, on the other hand, are
darker and have harder bodies. They have elbowed antennae and a waist line as
opposed to termites whose antennae is straight and beadlike.
Termites feed on dead parts of living things like trees and their wood. Their
mouth can tear through large pieces of food – hence the damage to our homes.
They can cause considerable damage eating through your home stud by stud.
They can even eat their way through books, carpet, furniture, shelving, home
foundations, and insulation. If left alone, they can take a sturdy home and within
a matter of years, have it crumbling to its foundation.
Do You Have Subterranean, Drywood, or Swarming?
If you see termites in soil, they are usually subterranean termites. Within the soil,
they build tunnel systems that they use to access food above ground. If you have
any rotting wood and see termites there, they will most likely be drywood termites
infesting wood foundations, walls, and furniture. If you see termites with wings,
they are swarming and are attracted to light sources and are very active in the
spring. They colony will then split off and create a new colony spreading their
destruction wherever they go.
Once you have identified your pests, invest in a do it yourself termite eradication
program and you will regain control over those destructive pests in no time – and
at a fraction of the cost a professional pest specialist would charge.